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Publications and Newsletters

Off the Record

Off the Record (ISSN 2370-1099) is the official publication of the Archives Association of Ontario. In continuous publication since 1990, Off the Record features technical and professional advice, news and announcements from the AAO and its membership, special features on archives around Ontario, and information on educational and employment opportunities. It is a quarterly newsletter and has been published digitally since 2013.

The Original Order of Things

The Original Order of Things, the AAO's monthly newsletter is published the last Thursday of each month. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide our membership with monthly updates and create a consistent and central space for AAO news and updates, events and workshops, and job postings. The newsletter will also include a series of rotating monthly features such as the Student and New Professional Spotlight, Collection Highlights from Members, and other informal columns that will be of interest to members.


The MAIGazine is an annual newsletter for those interested in Ontario’s municipal archives and municipal records. It is published and distributed by the Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) as a membership benefit of the AAO.

Cover of the oldest issue available on our site. It is from Spring 1990, Vol. 7, Number 1.

The oldest issue available on our site is from Spring 1990, Vol. 7, Number 1. 

Current issue (AAO member's only)

Past issues

Cover of book titled, "In Pursuit of the Archival Endeavour"

AAO Organizational History Book

To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Archives Association of Ontario published an organizational history book entitled In Pursuit of the Archival Endeavour: The Story of the Archives Association of Ontario. It is written by John Smart, Brian P.N. Beaven, Anne Hepplewhite, Ellen Millar, and Marissa Paron, and edited by Paul J. Henry, Brian P.N. Beaven, and Karen Teeple.

Tracing the history of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) from its origins in the 1970s as the Toronto Area Archivists Group and the Eastern Ontario Archivists Association, In Pursuit of the Archival Endeavour documents the evolution of archival associations in Ontario. By the time of the merger in 1993 of the Ontario Association of Archivists and the Ontario Council of Archives, the AAO had become the voice of archivists and archives in the province. Over the course of its first 25 years, the AAO has faced crises both financial and political while addressing the needs of the profession and its institutions. In a testament to the strength of the AAO’s grassroots origins, the roster of archivists who have served as board members, as staff, and as committee volunteers reads like a who’s who of today’s archival landscape. And on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Association looks forward to the next stage in its evolution. 

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